Traveller‐generated destination image: Analysing Flickr photos of 193 countries worldwide

Abstract The purpose of this research is to introduce a method that utilises a combination of Google Cloud Vision AI’s label detection and a topic‐modelling algorithm, latent Dirichlet allocation, to identify common destination images and to compare destinations worldwide. The study analyses 283,912 photos of 193 countries from Flickr.com, and 16 cognitive image attributes (CIAs)…

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Airbnb Reinstates Domio Listings After Scandal Cost CEO His Job

Despite Brian Chesky’s rhetoric about Airbnb needing to return to its local connections mission and roots, the economics point to Airbnb needing Domio- and Sonder-like listings. Even if it means negative publicity pre-IPO.— Dennis Schaal Domio’s short-term rental listings are back on Airbnb after being suspended for several weeks, but Domio’s two co-founders, CEO Jay Roberts and…

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USD 810B worth of projects to help Saudi leisure tourism sector grow to new heights in the next 10 years

Massive investment in mega tourism projects to the tune of USD 810B is expected to transform Saudi Arabia to one of the largest leisure tourism industries in the world between now and 2030, according to research conducted by the Middle East and North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC), the leisure and entertainment industry council representing…

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Blockchain: Is it the future for the tourism and hospitality industry?

Tourism Economics, Ahead of Print. Recently, blockchain and cryptocurrencies have become topics of discussion in both research and industry. Iansiti and Lakhani perceive blockchain as a foundational technology rather than a disruptive one, since potentially new economic and social systems can be based on blockchain. Therefore, understanding blockchain and contemplating its impact on the tourism…

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